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Mt Pinos - Tumamait Trail - Los Padres National Forest
Trail Distance 4.49 Miles

This trail runs along the crown of the mountain from Mount Pinos to Cerro Noroeste, Mount Abel, passing Sawmill Mountain and Grouse Mountain. Vincent Tumamait was a Chumash elder who died a short time ago and the trail was named after him.

Trail Details

  • Trail #: 21W03
  • Wilderness Area: Chumash
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Mt. Pinos Ranger District
  • Trail-head Latitude: 34.812858
  • Trail-head Longitude: -119.145382
  • Water Sources: No Water Available
  • Trail Condition: Good - Trail is easy to follow and is in good shape
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  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Day Hiking
    • Panoramic Views
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Wilderness Camping



Trail Stats

  • Total Elevation Gain: + 1728 feet.
  • Total Elevation Loss: - 1042 feet.
  • Overall Average Slope Gain: + 11 %.
  • Overall Average Slope Loss: - 11 %.
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  • Hike Los Padres - 03-05-2014

  • Hike Los Padres - 03-05-2014

  • Hike Los Padres - 03-05-2014

  • Hike Los Padres - 03-05-2014

  • Steven Calkins - 06-30-2013

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 09-26-2015

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 09-26-2015

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 09-26-2015

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 09-26-2015

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 09-26-2015

  • Craig R. Carey - 04-11-2017

  • Craig R. Carey - 04-11-2017

  • Craig R. Carey - 04-11-2017

  • Craig R. Carey - 04-11-2017

Submitted Trail Reports

Mt Pinos - Tumamait Trail Survey - 07-19-2017 - by bardley
Link: Mt Pinos - Tumamait Trail
Date: 07-19-2017
Surveyor Name:bardley
Trail description: - it is depressing to see how much the constant use of the switchback-cutting use trail down the western side of mt. pinos has almost become the route of choice.

- on my way to sheep camp, i followed a white-haired fellow traveler down that side and watched as he veered off trail onto the use trail before he reached any of the switchbacks.  i continued on the trail.  i watched as he came and went in and out of view all the way down and then lost sight of him.

- the funny thing is that i caught up and passed him just after the sawmill mountain uphill begins.  as most will tell you, bardley is not a fast hiker.  quite the contrary.

- in my opinion, that knucklehead should have known better and is only contributing to the lasting damage that will be left for future generations.  he saved himself zero time.

- rant off.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Mt Pinos - Tumamait Trail Survey - 04-11-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Mt Pinos - Tumamait Trail
Date: 04-11-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Trail description:Backpacked from Chula Vista to the edge of the Chumash Wilderness boundary on Saturday, 4/1/2017 en route to Lily Meadows. Snow near wilderness boundary was just deep to enough we thought better of it (we'd gotten a late start) and turned back, approaching from 3Falls instead.

Route was covered in snow the entire 2 miles to condor lookout. Glorious.


Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:





Mt Pinos - Tumamait Trail Survey - 09-26-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Mt Pinos - Tumamait Trail
Date: 09-26-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:The hike up to Mt. Pinos lookout was pretty easy and well kept. Our group ended up hiking to the Sawmill Peak. The trail was easy to follow until you turn off to go up to the peak.  There is a little pink flag and a some logs lining the turn off. 
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

Start to Mt. Pinos

Trail path is wide and easy


Trail head to Tumamait

Small switchbacks down


View from Sawmill Peak
Mt Pinos - Tumamait Trail Survey - 06-30-2013 - by Steven Calkins

Link: Mt Pinos - Tumamait Trail
Date: 06-30-2013
Surveyor Name:Steven Calkins
Trail description:Hiked from Campo Alto to Sheep Camp.  Trail very well used and maintained.  Good water at Sheep Camp spring (frog living in the spring).
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
People Seen:6
Mt Pinos - Tumamait Trail Survey - 03-05-2014 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Mt Pinos - Tumamait Trail
Date: 03-05-2014
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Trail description:New Years Day 2013
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We had a great time walking to the radio tower to get to the trail in about two feet of snow. It can be very windy once you approach the top of Mt. Pinos. This is also a great place to view the local Condor since it is a condor sanctuary. You can expect to see some great view of the southern Los Padres Forest.

On most weekends you can count on a ton of people up being up at the Chula Vista Parking Lot, but the farther from the road, the quieter it gets.

This is a very popular place for testing gear for winter exploring, snow shoeing or any other winter activity. This trial is in the wilderness, so remember that means only walking or riding horseback.

Coldest day for me so far was 8 * F.


Snowy Days at Mount Pinos are the best!!!
Mode of transport:Bicycle
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
People Seen:100
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 24, 2016



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